Behind City Lights (1945)

67-68 mins | Drama | 10 September 1945

Director:

John English

Cinematographer:

Bill Bradford

Editor:

Fred Allen

Production Designer:

Frank Hotaling

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Return at Dawn. Although HR production charts include Grant Withers and Sheila Stuart in the cast, Withers was not in the released picture, and the appearance of Stuart has not been confirmed. ...

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The working title of this film was Return at Dawn. Although HR production charts include Grant Withers and Sheila Stuart in the cast, Withers was not in the released picture, and the appearance of Stuart has not been confirmed.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
22 Sep 1945
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Daily Variety
17 Sep 1945
p. 3
Film Daily
17 Sep 1945
p. 5
Hollywood Reporter
22 Dec 1944
p. 12
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jan 1945
p. 16
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jan 1945
p. 14
Hollywood Reporter
17 Sep 1945
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
21 Apr 1945
p. 2418
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
22 Sep 1945
p. 2653
Variety
19 Sep 1945
p. 12
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
William Bradford
Photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Thomas A. Carman
Re-rec and eff mixer
John Stransky Jr.
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec, eff and mus mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Transparency projection shots
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"A Change of Heart," music and lyrics by Jule Styne and Harold Adamson; "If You're in Love, You're Lucky," music and lyrics by Frank Loesser.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Return at Dawn
Release Date:
10 September 1945
Production Date:
16438
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Republic Pictures Corp.
1 August 1945
LP13485
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67-68
Length(in feet):
6,108
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10693
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

On the day of her small-town wedding, Jean Lowell dreams of a cosmopolitan life but doubts that her marriage to farmer Ben Coleman, who was chosen to be her husband by her father Daniel, will help her get to the big city. The wedding ceremony is disrupted by an automobile accident outside the chapel, and the bride and others run outside to find an injured man, Lance Marlowe, and his companion, Perry Borden, both from New York City. As soon as Lance regains consciousness, he falls in love with Jean. Jean returns Lance's attentions, as she is delighted to finally meet someone from New York. While the wedding is postponed for one week, Jean gladly houses the injured guest until he fully recovers. After Lance and Perry leave for New York, Jean reluctantly resumes her wedding plans. Ben calls the wedding off, however, for he senses that Jean is preoccupied with thoughts of Lance and New York. Soon afterward, with the approval of her loving aunt Sarah, Jean heads for New York to begin a new life. In the big city, Jean goes to the Barrington Plaza hotel, where she finds Lance and Perry. Lance offers Jean his guidance and friendship, but Perry resents Jean's intrusion and pokes fun at her small-town ways. After helping her purchase a new dress, Perry and Lance take Jean to a nightclub, where Perry steals a necklace from a drunken guest. Perry leaves shortly after the theft is discovered, and Lance professes his love for Jean. The next day, Lance and Perry take the stolen jewels to racketeer Gabriel Carson, who pays them generously ...

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On the day of her small-town wedding, Jean Lowell dreams of a cosmopolitan life but doubts that her marriage to farmer Ben Coleman, who was chosen to be her husband by her father Daniel, will help her get to the big city. The wedding ceremony is disrupted by an automobile accident outside the chapel, and the bride and others run outside to find an injured man, Lance Marlowe, and his companion, Perry Borden, both from New York City. As soon as Lance regains consciousness, he falls in love with Jean. Jean returns Lance's attentions, as she is delighted to finally meet someone from New York. While the wedding is postponed for one week, Jean gladly houses the injured guest until he fully recovers. After Lance and Perry leave for New York, Jean reluctantly resumes her wedding plans. Ben calls the wedding off, however, for he senses that Jean is preoccupied with thoughts of Lance and New York. Soon afterward, with the approval of her loving aunt Sarah, Jean heads for New York to begin a new life. In the big city, Jean goes to the Barrington Plaza hotel, where she finds Lance and Perry. Lance offers Jean his guidance and friendship, but Perry resents Jean's intrusion and pokes fun at her small-town ways. After helping her purchase a new dress, Perry and Lance take Jean to a nightclub, where Perry steals a necklace from a drunken guest. Perry leaves shortly after the theft is discovered, and Lance professes his love for Jean. The next day, Lance and Perry take the stolen jewels to racketeer Gabriel Carson, who pays them generously for the heist. Lance tells Perry that he intends to quit the jewel-stealing racket and uses one of the diamonds from the most recent "job" for a wedding ring for Jean. Lance presents Jean with the diamond, and Jean, unaware that the diamond is stolen, shows it to a jeweler for engraving. The jeweler then alerts police, who go after the thieves. While police captain Curtis Holbrook questions Jean, Lance is injured during a chase with some officers. Jean is taken to visit Lance in the hospital, and before he dies, he admits his criminal activities. Sometime later, Ben goes to New York and searches for his brokenhearted sweetheart. He eventually finds Jean working at a diner and, with a little encouragement, persuades her to marry him and return home.

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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